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[XCAPS22] Round5: P1 zango [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs P2 Bomber678 [Future]/Peace/Blood

Hi @Bomber678 I’m curious on your learnings from the last game against Sets. I hope you enjoy our encounter, GL & HF.

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XCAPS22 Round 5 P1T1

P1 [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs. P2 [Future]/Peace/Blood


StartingHand Workers

STARTING HAND
Granfalloon Flagbearer (2/2)
Timely Messenger (1/1)
Fruit Ninja (2/2)
Helpful Turtle (1/2)
Spark


WORKERS
Fruit Ninja (2/2)


NextHand

Tenderfoot (1/2)
Older Brother (2/2)
Bloom
Wither
Brick Thief (2/1)


Discard

Granfalloon Flagbearer (2/2)
Spark
Helpful Turtle (1/2)


Tech 0 card(s)
Get Paid - ($4)
Worker - ($3)
messenger - ($2)
Sets - ($0)

Float ($0)
Discard 3, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Timely Messenger (1/1)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • sets (1/3, lvl1)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 3

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 5
Thoughts

let’s see whether I can do as good as moby with sets against bomber. probably not as he already announced that he should focus on his own plan A in such a case. also having way less money than moby had is a hinderance, but let’s see.
Not going to attack with messenger as I prefer to have the benefit of having only 8 cards in my second cycle, so messenger has to survive a possible nullcraft.

My lesson? Don’t play Mox, it’s not worth it.


Turn 1

Hand: Hardened Mox, Tinkerer, Fading Argonaut, Battle Suits, Forgotten Fighter
Workers: Tinkerer

Techs

  1. Get paid (+$5, $5)
  2. Hire a worker ($4)
  3. Summon Fading Argonaut ($2)
  4. Summon General Onimaru ($0)
  5. Discard 3, draw 5

  • Patrol:
    :psblueshield:Squad Leader: Fading Argonaut*** (2/3+A)
    :psfist:Elite:
    :ps_:Scavenger:
    :pschip:Technician:
    :target:Lookout: General Onimaru (2/3)

  • Buildings:
  • Units/Heroes:
  • Base: 20
  • Other:

Economy:

  • Workers: 6
  • Gold: 0
  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Discard: 3

Hand

Nullcraft, Plasmodium, Time Spiral, Neo Plexus, Temporal Research

Discard

Battle Suits, Hardened Mox, Forgotten Fighter

Think

There is potential for a quick maxband onimaru here, but I have to be very careful. We’ll see how things develop.

against a deck that has access to whither? :sweat_smile: Definitely a good choice :wink:

TBH: I completely forgot about Oni’s frenzy 1. If I had remembered that one, I probably would have gone for Cal with this starting split. Tenderfoot t1 (-> elite) and brother t2 (->technician) would have been a nice defense against this opener of yours, but the messenger has just such a large crosshairs against nullcraft on it’s forehead, that the brother move obviously is a no-can-do for me now. :frowning_face:

XCAPS22 Round 5 P1T2

P1 [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs. P2 [Future]/Peace/Blood


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Nimble Fencer (2/3)
Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)


STARTING HAND
Brick Thief (2/1)
Tenderfoot (1/2)
Wither
Bloom
Older Brother (2/2)


WORKERS
Fruit Ninja (2/2)
Older Brother (2/2)


NextHand

Granfalloon Flagbearer (2/2)
Nimble Fencer (2/3)
Spark
Bloom
Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($5)
Worker - ($4)
Tech 1 - ($2)
tenderfoot - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 3, reshuffle, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Timely Messenger (1/1A)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Tenderfoot (1/2)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • sets (1/3, lvl1)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 3
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 6
Thoughts

uff… as stated above I completely forgot about Oni’s frenzy… Not unlikely to loose sets here, I have to put messenger in SL so that it at least has to come along with tech skip. The high probability to draw 6 out of 8 from my next cycle really has it’s upsides. If I go for two fencers, a SL Fargo is bad news. If I go fencer+starlet split it’s a potential fallout if I don’t draw the fencer but with 75% to draw the fencer and 53,6% to draw both (in case he kills tenderfoot)… tough call…
I think he will only kill tenderfoot if he has neo as additional defense, hence a fencer alone gives no value, but fencer plus starlet is likely to give an oni kill with my three combat spells still in the mix and 6 gold to play around with. Fortunately the cycle is so small that I am sure that I can keep Sets safe even if I whiff on the fencer, so I’ll take the risky approach!

Check my sick frenzy bro, big attack big kills


Turn 2

Hand: Nullcraft, Plasmodium, Time Spiral, Neo Plexus, Temporal Research
Workers: Tinkerer, Time Spiral

Techs

Turn 2: Overeager Cadet, Overeager Cadet


  1. Tech 2 cards
  2. Get paid (+$6, $6)
  3. Hire a worker ($5)
  4. Build Tech 1 ($3)
  5. Summon Neo Plexus ($1)
  6. Onimaru kills Messenger
  7. Discard 3, reshuffle, draw 5

  • Patrol:
    :psblueshield:Squad Leader: Neo Plexus (2/2+A)
    :psfist:Elite:
    :ps_:Scavenger: Fading Argonaut** (2/3)
    :pschip:Technician:
    :target:Lookout:

  • Buildings:
    Tech 1: 5
  • Units/Heroes:
    General Onimaru (2/2)
  • Base: 20
  • Other:

Economy:

  • Workers: 7
  • Gold: 1
  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 3
  • Discard: 0

Hand

Overeager Cadet, Hardened Mox, Temporal Research, Forgotten Fighter, Plasmodium

Discard

Think

This is good, a strong start for me. Trying to set up to make it awkward for fencers to break though to Oni. I should be free to either maxband oni or tech up next turn, depending on what I want to do.

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Well it IS a card and a gold that you took away from me… But this time my SL has twice the defense than the one last turn, so you should be afraid :wink:

XCAPS22 Round 5 P1T3

P1 [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs. P2 [Future]/Peace/Blood


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Grounded Guide (4/4)
Maestro (3/5)


STARTING HAND
Nimble Fencer (2/3)
Bloom
Spark
Granfalloon Flagbearer (2/2)
Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)


WORKERS
Fruit Ninja (2/2)
Older Brother (2/2)
Spark


NextHand

Brick Thief (2/1)
Helpful Turtle (1/2)
Timely Messenger (1/1A)
Wither


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($7)
Worker - ($6)
Fencer - ($4)
starlet trades Neo - ($2)

Float ($2)
Discard 2, draw 3, reshuffle, draw 1


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Tenderfoot (1/2A)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Nimble Fencer (2/3)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • sets (1/3, lvl1)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 5
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 2
  • Workers: 7
Thoughts

really don’t like the position I’m in here… If only I knew that he does not have NC, I’d love to kill neo with sets & fencer and put starlet in SL, but if he has NC (which is 50%! as I am sure he didn’t worker it away), that’s a way too easy hero kill for him and he could still tech up and lay down a cadet :frown:
second turn in a row where I cannot do what I want (last turn: messenger in Scav) due to the threat of this little flying nuisance, and I’m talking about threat only, nothing serious…

Gasp, oh no, how will I cope.


Turn 3

Hand: Overeager Cadet, Hardened Mox, Temporal Research, Forgotten Fighter, Plasmodium
Workers: Tinkerer, Time Spiral, Plasmodium

Techs

Turn 2: Overager Cadet, Overeager Cadet
Turn 3: The Art of War, The Art of War


  1. Tech 2 cards
  2. Get paid (+$7, $8)
  3. Hire a worker ($7)
  4. Summon Overeager Cadet ($7)
  5. Onimaru kills Tenderfoot
  6. Maxband Onimaru ($0)
  7. Discard 3, draw 3, reshuffle, draw 2

  • Patrol:
    :psblueshield:Squad Leader: Fading Argonaut* (2/3+A)
    :psfist:Elite: Soldier (2/1)
    :ps_:Scavenger: Soldier (1/1)
    :pschip:Technician: Overeager Cadet (2/2)
    :target:Lookout: Soldier (1/1)

  • Buildings:
    Tech 1: 5
  • Units/Heroes:
    General Onimaru lvl 8 (4/5)
  • Base: 20
  • Other:

Economy:

  • Workers: 8
  • Gold: 0
  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 4
  • Discard: 0

Hand

Overeager Cadet, Battle Suits, Nullcraft, The Art of War, Hardened Mox

Discard

Think

Perfectly executed, no pressure from them can possibly break my line, and with no Snapback I am free to roam free and destroy them. Delightfully devilish, Bryce.

I see, Oni just barely surviving made a glamorous comeback… I must confess this was unexpected!

XCAPS22 Round 5 P1T4

P1 [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs. P2 [Future]/Peace/Blood


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Nimble Fencer (2/3)
Ferocity


STARTING HAND
Brick Thief (2/1)
Helpful Turtle (1/2)
Wither
Timely Messenger (1/1A)


WORKERS
Fruit Ninja (2/2)
Older Brother (2/2)
Spark
Helpful Turtle (1/2)


NextHand

Bloom
Maestro (3/5)
Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)
Granfalloon Flagbearer (2/2)


Discard

Tenderfoot (1/2)
Wither
Timely Messenger (1/1A)
Brick Thief (2/1)
Nimble Fencer (2/3)
Ferocity


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($9)
Worker - ($8)
Wither Oni - ($6)
Tech2 - ($2)

Float ($2)
Discard 2, draw 4


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: sets (1/3A, lvl1)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Nimble Fencer (2/3)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:
*

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Finesse)

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 1
  • Disc: 6

Gold:

  • Gold: 2
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

okay that was unexpected… what was it about codex is usually won by the player who is able to surprise the opponent? :frown:

Post draw: seriously? I have a ton floating and didn’t draw the guide??? :sob:

Hey check out this sick new book I wrote, I call it “How to win at battle” or something
It says “hit them with a big sword”


Turn 4

Hand: Overeager Cadet, Battle Suits, Nullcraft, The Art of War, Hardened Mox
Workers: Tinkerer, Time Spiral, Plasmodium, Hardened Mox

Techs

Turn 2: Overager Cadet, Overeager Cadet
Turn 3: The Art of War, The Art of War
Turn 4: Flagstone Garrison, Flagstone Garrison


  1. Tech 2 cards
  2. Fading Argonaut dies from Fading
  3. Get paid (+$8, $8)
  4. Hire a worker ($7)
  5. Build Tech 2 Peace ($3)
  6. Cast The Art of War ($0)
  7. Summon Overeager Cadet ($0)
  8. Onimaru destroys your Tech 2, your base takes 2
  9. Discard 2, draw 4

  • Patrol:
    :psblueshield:Squad Leader: General Onimaru lvl 8 (5/4+AAA)
    :psfist:Elite: Overeager Cadet (3/2)
    :ps_:Scavenger: Soldier (1/1)
    :pschip:Technician: Soldier (1/1)
    :target:Lookout: Soldier (1/1)

  • Buildings:
    Tech 1: 5
    Tech 2: 5
  • Units/Heroes:
    Overeager Cadet (2/2)
  • Base: 20
  • Other:

Economy:

  • Workers: 9
  • Gold: 0
  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 0
  • Discard: 6

Hand

Temporal Research, The Art of War, Forgotten Fighter, Neo Plexus

Discard

Flagstone Garrison, Flagstone Garrison, Battle Suits, Nullcraft, The Art of War, Fading Argonaut

Think

Wonderful, I have super board control and split my Art of Wars nicely, and built my tech 2. I’m in a really good spot now!

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Jepp, that’s pretty much game. Should have taken the worker skip t3 in order to have a protected Oni kill.
Really didn’t like the idea of skipping a worker that early, but just losing the game a few turns later does not feel better :sweat_smile:

But let’s play it out

XCAPS22 Round 5 P1T5

P1 [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs. P2 [Future]/Peace/Blood


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Ferocity
Fox’s Den Students


STARTING HAND
Bloom
Maestro (3/5)
Granfalloon Flagbearer (2/2)
Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)


WORKERS
Fruit Ninja (2/2)
Older Brother (2/2)
Spark
Helpful Turtle (1/2)


NextHand

Grounded Guide (4/4)
Ferocity
Tenderfoot (1/2)
Nimble Fencer (2/3)


Tech 2 card(s)
rebuild tech2
Get Paid + float - ($10)
Starlet - ($8)
maxband sets - ($3)
bloom fencer - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 2, draw 1, reshuffle, draw 3


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Nimble Fencer (3/4A)+
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • sets (3/4, lvl6)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 18
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Finesse)

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 8
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

Again starlet is weak to a Nullcraft, but as he has so many ways to just win now, it doesn’t really matter…

In the words of me, on the subject of Oni vs Setsuki, two years ago:
BIG HIT BIG SWORD BIG KILL


Turn 5

Hand: Temporal Research, The Art of War, Forgotten Fighter, Neo Plexus
Workers: Tinkerer, Time Spiral, Plasmodium, Hardened Mox, Temporal Research

Techs

Turn 2: Overager Cadet, Overeager Cadet
Turn 3: The Art of War, The Art of War
Turn 4: Flagstone Garrison, Flagstone Garrison
Turn 5: Boot Camp, Boot Camp


  1. Tech 2 cards
  2. Get paid (+$9, $9)
  3. Hire a worker ($8)
  4. Summon Drakk Ramhorn ($6)
  5. Cast The Art of War ($3)
  6. Onimaru kills Setsuki, Drakk gains 2 levels ($2)
  7. Midband Drakk ($1)
  8. Cadet and Soldier kill Fencer
  9. Soldier kills Starlet, you draw
  10. Cadet and Soldier destroy your Tech 2, your base takes 2
  11. Discard 2, reshuffle, draw 4

  • Patrol:
    :psblueshield:Squad Leader: General Onimaru lvl 8 (5/4+AAA)
    :psfist:Elite:
    :ps_:Scavenger:
    :pschip:Technician: Drakk Ramhorn lvl 4 (2/3)
    :target:Lookout:

  • Buildings:
    Tech 1: 5
    Tech 2: 5
  • Units/Heroes:
    Overeager Cadet (2/2)
    Soldier (1/1)
  • Base: 20
  • Other:

Economy:

  • Workers: 10
  • Gold: 1
  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 8
  • Discard: 0

Hand

Nullcraft, Overeager Cadet, Fading Argonaut, The Art of War

Discard

Think

For a brief, fleeting moment, I thought I could play Forgotten Fighter to help me this turn. Then I remembered that it only targets units with two or less attack SIIIIIGHHHHHH WHAT A BAD CARD
Anyway I just cleared their board and dunked their tech 2 anyway, so yeah I’m gonna win for sure.

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Last desperate stand

XCAPS22 Round 5 P1T6

P1 [Finesse]/Ninjutsu/Feral vs. P2 [Future]/Peace/Blood


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Inverse Power Ninja (6/6)
Inverse Power Ninja (6/6)


STARTING HAND
Grounded Guide (4/4)
Nimble Fencer (2/3)
Ferocity
Tenderfoot (1/2)
Bloom


WORKERS
Fruit Ninja (2/2)
Older Brother (2/2)
Spark
Helpful Turtle (1/2)


NextHand

Fox’s Den Students
Brick Thief (2/1)
Wither
Maestro (3/5)


Discard

Nimble Fencer (3/4A)+
Star-Crossed Starlet (3/2)
Ferocity
Bloom
Grounded Guide (4/4)
Tenderfoot (1/2)
Inverse Power Ninja (6/6)
Inverse Power Ninja (6/6)


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($9)
cal - ($7)
fencer - ($5)
ferocity - ($3)
bloom fencer - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 2, draw 4


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader:
  • :psfist: Elite: Nimble Fencer (3+1/4)
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • cal (2/3 lvl1)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 16
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Finesse)

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 3
  • Disc: 8

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

game over

Man, good thing I printed three copies of my book


Turn 6

Hand: Nullcraft, Overeager Cadet, Fading Argonaut, The Art of War
Swap: Fading Argonaut <-> Battle Suits
Workers: Tinkerer, Time Spiral, Plasmodium, Hardened Mox, Temporal Research

Techs

Turn 2: Overager Cadet, Overeager Cadet
Turn 3: The Art of War, The Art of War
Turn 4: Flagstone Garrison, Flagstone Garrison
Turn 5: Boot Camp, Boot Camp
Turn 6: Knight of the Conclave, Knight of the Conclave


  1. Tech 2 cards
  2. Get paid (+$10, $11)
  3. Cast The Art of War ($8)
  4. Onimaru trades with Fencer, Calamandra midbands
  5. Summon Vir Garbarean ($6)
  6. Swap two cards ($5)
  7. Research Battle Suits ($3)
  8. Cadet kills Calamandra, Drakk maxbands
  9. Summon Overeager Cadet, with Haste ($3)
  10. Summon Nullcraft ($1)
  11. Drakk and Soldier destroy your Tech 2, your base takes 2
  12. Cadet and Nullcraft destroy your Tech 1, your base takes 2
  13. Discard 0, draw 2

  • Patrol:
    :psblueshield:Squad Leader:
    :psfist:Elite:
    :ps_:Scavenger:
    :pschip:Technician: Vir Garbarean (2/3)
    :target:Lookout:

  • Buildings:
    Tech 1: 5
    Tech 2: 5
  • Units/Heroes:
    Drakk Ramhorn lvl 6 (3/4)
    Soldier (1/1)
    Overeager Cadet (3/2)
    Nullcraft (1/1)
  • Base: 20
  • Other:
    Battle Suits

Economy:

  • Workers: 10
  • Gold: 1
  • Hand: 2
  • Deck: 6
  • Discard: 4

Hand

Fading Argonaut, Neo Plexus

Discard

Knight of the Conclave, Knight of the Conclave, The Art of War, Overeager Cadet

Think

I could do straight up 13 damage to their base this turn, and that probably wins the game next turn, but I don’t want to take chances. This basically ensures they have no response.

Actually Oni doesn’t die as he has armor from taow, but seeing what you have at your disposal this seems like a good point to end the game or was the card swap that essential?

Ah no, you see, Ferocity gives your units Swift Strike and Armour Piercing!

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Aaaaah, completely forgot about that one. Well yeah, then let’s end it here. Thanks for the lesson you provided me with, very well executed!
Our first game last year felt like you stole the victory with that triple ready or not. The second game should have been rightfully your victory but I stole it. This time there is absolutely no discussion, it’s fully and rightfully yours, congratulations! I was under the impression of not having drawn badly (except for the missing tenderfoot T1) and didn’t stand a chance…

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Every game a new adventure. And sometimes you have to get unorthodox to avoid being cornered!

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And also this saying about ‘you win by surprising your enemy’ got another validation.
(I know if your plan A is strictly better you don’t have to go for surprises, but still…)

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That is very true. It’s good to have some tricks up the sleeve to catch your opponent off-guard.

And I remembered the words of my mentor Leontes:
“Just maxband Onimaru bro, he’s OP.”

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Ok, what does this say about me that I read this sentence among your thoughts in your game against Moby and I was still surprised…??? :man_facepalming:

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